TOTD // 13/04 // Tommy Four Seven

Published: April 13, 2017, words by Elle Clark

Part of the 47 takeover


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British born DJ, producer and label head Tommy Four Seven is amongst a number of artists who now call Berlin home. With an output that encompasses the city’s landmark techno sound – he’s now become one of the most prolific names in today’s music community, in both his local area and on an international scale. Tommy Four Seven first pricked the ears of techno tastemakers through his early DJ sets during his residency at London’s Fire club. Not just laying down straight-up techno, he also weaves through the complex realms of intricate IDM and his distinguishable industrial, broken-beat style – creating textured sets with levels of depth that rival flawless mixes from some of techno’s greatest names.

Tommy Four Seven’s multi-layered DJ style has filtered through to his own material, and he’s now been releasing music for over ten years. His early releases were issued across a broad range of imprints, including UK label Proactive Records, Bauhaus’ self-titled label and Speedy J’s Electric Deluxe. In 2008, he inaugurated his first label Shooting Elvis, but later moved on to create the mammoth party series and sidelong label 47. In 2011, he released perhaps his biggest offering to date – a full-length album on Chris Liebing’s CLR label entitled ‘Primate’. Since the album release he’s also seen a slew of releases on impressive labels, including Luca Mortellaro aka Lucy’s Stroboscopic Artefacts.

Aside from his solo production work, 2013 saw Tommy Four Seven work on a new project alongside Alain Paul – an experimental duo called These Hidden Hands. Shying away from straightforward techno, the duo explores elaborate, obscure productions – focusing on imposing soundscapes, analogue noise and dismantled glitch-techno. These Hidden Hands’ have released two full-length albums on their own alternative platform Hidden Hundred – and have played live shows in venues across Europe.

Perhaps one of Tommy Four Seven’s defining creative outputs is his label and party series, 47. The Berlin based label has held parties around European hothouses like Paris, London and Amsterdam – hosting huge artists like P.E.A.R.L, J.Tijn, Ancient Methods and Killawatt. The label focuses on industrial heavy compilations, featuring material from artists like Cosmin TRG, Headless Horseman, Isolated Lines, and many more. Tommy Four Seven’s latest 47 venture is an event named Numerology, focusing on diversity and experimentation in electronic music. The next 47 showcase takes place at Village Underground, hosting the likes of Headless Horseman, UVB, Killawatt and Tommy himself. As part of 47’s takeover of our Tracks Of The Day series, Tommy shares tracks that remind the label head himself of the 47’s renowned events.

via youtube

Ancient Methods

Systems

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“Ancient Methods played the very first 47 party at Arena Club Berlin in October 2014 and the final event in November 2016. AM features heavily in my sets and I’m honoured to feature ‘Systems’ on 47.”
via youtube

Headless Horseman

At The Gates

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“Headless Horseman’s deep and powerful sound design was perfect for the intimate space at Arena Club. His forthcoming EP on 47 is another fine example of this.”
via youtube

Schwefelgelb

Bis Zum Nachsten Tag (Phase Fatale Remix)

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“Both versions of this track are killer, though it was Phase Fatale’s remix that stepped things up for the floor at Arena Club. A 2016 classic.”
via youtube

OAKE

Paysage Depayse

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“This became a classic closing track for me in 2016, so it was only natural to wrap up the final 47 night last year in Arena Club with it. EPIC.”

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